There is something kind of humorous about a werewolf reluctantly accepting his mate. More often than not the lengths they go to avoid such a fate is part of why it's so funny I guess. In Leif's Surrender, which is part of her larger 'Roxie's Protectors' series (which in turn seems an off-shoot of her 'Wulf's Den' series), Leif does everything but shackle himself to the kitchen sink to keep away from Jaden. Unfortunately his family, who are all tired of hearing him gripe at them for getting cuddly with their mates, forces the issue.
And hotness ensues.
Considering I haven't read any of the other books tied to this one, Chenery does a really good job laying out the land and giving me the details of what's important to know from past stories. Some of it, such as in-jokes between the mated pairs, was lost on me, but by in large I had a goo grasp of the situation at hand.
I liked that Jaden wasn't a secret special person just waiting to be unleashed. She was pretty normal, average in almost everything except her tolerance of Leif's weird attitude. She was kind of bland though, more of a reactive damsel instead of a proactive heroine. She let Leif call the shots, making only the slightest of protests, and caving in pretty quickly besides. Near the end she picks up some steam, but again its a reaction to something that happens to Leif and feels kind of sudden given the conversation she just had with Leif a few pages prior.
Leif was the opposite--from the first page he dominated the story. His reactions, his feelings, his thoughts--they were all clear and open. Pretty confused and jumbled, but clear enough. It really was never a matter of when (it was definitely going to be sooner rather than later), but more of how. How he would snap and finally give in. The fact that just because he lusted after Jaden didn't mean he automatically alleviated from her from 'cute' to 'drop dead gorgeous' was also a point in his favor. It may sound weird, but it irks me when a hero suddenly thinks a hereto 'average, but cute' heroine suddenly becomes the hottest woman on the planet. You can find someone the most attractive, alluring person you have met--but that doesn't mean she (or he) is seen the same way by everyone else.
The climax was a bit of a letdown, but I am highly interested to see how the little fib the group told plays out in future stories.
Jaden notices the sexy hunk in her cashier’s line. But she knows, with her plain looks and glasses, he'd never notice her. So when he returns to the grocery store the next day and kisses her senseless in front of everyone, she can only hope she'll see him again.
Leif swears he will never be permanently mated, but when he feels his mate at a grocery store while buying pregnant Roxie ice cream, his world turns upside down. Drawn to his would-be mate, he finds fighting his mating urge is harder than he expects. If he can only hold out long enough to let nature run its course, he can get on with his life. But resisting her is impossible, and he needs to claim her as his.